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Original: English No. ICC-RoC46(3)-01/18


Date: 21 June 2018

PRE-TRIAL CHAMBER I

Before: Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge


Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut
Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou

REQUEST UNDER REGULATION 46(3) OF THE REGULATIONS OF THE COURT

Public

Decision Inviting the Competent Authorities of the Republic of the Union of


Myanmar to Submit Observations pursuant to Rule 103(1) of the Rules of Procedure
and Evidence on the “Prosecution’s Request for a Ruling on Jurisdiction under
Article 19(3) of the Statute”

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Decision to be notified in accordance with regulation 31 of the Regulations of the Court to:

The Office of the Prosecutor Counsel for the Defence


Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor
James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor

Legal Representatives of Victims Legal Representatives of Applicants

Unrepresented Victims Unrepresented Applicants for


Participation/Reparations

The Office of Public Counsel for The Office of Public Counsel for the
Victims Defence

States Representatives Amicus Curiae


Competent Authorities of the Republic of
the Union of Myanmar

REGISTRY
Registrar Defence Support Section
Peter Lewis

Victims and Witnesses Unit Detention Section

Victims Participation and Reparations Other


Section

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PRE-TRIAL CHAMBER I (the “Chamber”) of the International Criminal Court

(the “Court”) issues this decision inviting the competent authorities of the Republic

of the Union of Myanmar (“Myanmar”) to submit observations pursuant to

rule 103(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (the “Rules”) on the

“Prosecution’s Request for a Ruling on Jurisdiction under Article 19(3) of the

Statute” (the “Request” or the “Prosecutor’s Request”).

1. On 9 April 2018, the Prosecutor filed her Request pursuant to regulation 46(3)

of the Regulations of the Court and article 19(3) of the Rome Statute (the “Statute”),

seeking a ruling from the Pre-Trial Chamber on whether the Court may exercise

jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of members of the Rohingya people from

Myanmar into Bangladesh.1

2. On 11 April 2018, the President of the Pre-Trial Division assigned the Request

to the Chamber.2

3. On 7 May 2018, the Chamber invited the competent authorities of Bangladesh

to submit observations pursuant to rule 103(1) of the Rules on the Prosecutor’s

Request.3

4. The Chamber notes article 21(1)(a) of the Statute and rule 103 of the Rules.

The Chamber recalls in particular rule 103(1) of the Rules, according to which the

Chamber may, at any stage of the proceedings, “if it considers it desirable for the

proper determination of the case, […] grant leave to a State, organization or person

to submit […] any observation on any issue that the Chamber deems appropriate”.

1 ICC-RoC46(3)-01/18-1.
2 President of the Pre-Trial Division, “Decision assigning the ‘Prosecution’s Request for a Ruling on
Jurisdiction under Article 19(3) of the Statute’ to Pre-Trial Chamber I”, 11 April 2018, ICC-RoC46(3)-
01/18-2.
3 Pre-Trial Chamber I, “Decision Inviting the Competent Authorities of the People’s Republic of

Bangladesh to Submit Observations pursuant to Rule 103(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence
on the ‘Prosecution’s Request for a Ruling on Jurisdiction under Article 19(3) of the Statute’”, 7 May
2018, ICC-RoC(3)-01/18-3.

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5. In her Request, the Prosecutor alleges that since August 2017 more than

670,000 members of the Rohingya people, lawfully present in Myanmar, have been

intentionally deported into Bangladesh.4 Considering that the crime of deportation is

alleged to have commenced on the territory of Myanmar, the Chamber deems it

appropriate to seek observations from the competent authorities of Myanmar on the

Prosecutor’s Request. Such observations would, in these particular circumstances,

assist the Chamber in its determination of the Request sub judice.

6. The Chamber invites the competent authorities of Myanmar to submit written

observations, either publicly or confidentially, on the following matters: (i) the

possibility of the Court’s exercise of territorial jurisdiction over the alleged

deportation of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar into Bangladesh;

(ii) the circumstances surrounding the crossing of the border by members of the

Rohingya people from Myanmar into Bangladesh; and (iii) any other matter in

connection with the Prosecutor’s Request that, in the opinion of the competent

authorities of Myanmar, would assist the Chamber in its determination of this

Request.

7. Lastly, the Chamber notes that pursuant to rule 103(2) of the Rules, the

Prosecutor shall have the opportunity to respond to the observations submitted by

Myanmar, if any. Accordingly, the Chamber gives the Prosecutor 10 days to reply to

said observations, if she so wishes.

4 ICC-RoC46(3)-01/18-1, para. 2.

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FOR THESE REASONS, THE CHAMBER HEREBY

a) INVITES the competent authorities of Myanmar to submit written

observations, either publicly or confidentially, on the Prosecutor’s Request, as

specified in paragraphs 5 and 6 of the present decision, no later than Friday,

27 July 2018, at 16.00hrs;

b) ORDERS the Registrar to notify this decision to the competent authorities of

Myanmar together with a copy of the Prosecutor’s Request; and

c) ORDERS the Prosecutor to submit her reply to the observations filed by

Myanmar, if any, within 10 days of the day of notification of Myanmar’s

observations, as specified in paragraph 7 of the present decision.

Done in both English and French, the English version being authoritative.

_____________________________
Judge Péter Kovács
Presiding Judge

_____________________________ _____________________________
Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie
Alapini-Gansou

Dated this Thursday, 21 June 2018

At The Hague, The Netherlands

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